Kansas City council http://kcur.org en Your Guide To The Kansas City Charter Review http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kansas-city-charter-review <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. It's also called a council-manager system.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:05:53 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 43556 at http://kcur.org KC Streetcar 2 Is Planned As First Phase Lumbers Along http://kcur.org/post/kc-streetcar-2-planned-first-phase-lumbers-along <p></p><p>It’s not clear by how much expanded Kansas City streetcar lines would&nbsp; boost property values. A team of city planners and private analysts expects to know by late October.&nbsp;</p><p>The panel is trying to narrow potential streetcar corridors from 7 to 3.</p><p></p><p>A committee of the City Council heard how blighted areas of Seattle sprung up new growth when a streetcar went in.&nbsp;</p><p>The second phase of Kansas City’s planned streetcar system is being generated, even as phase one is in infancy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:25:45 +0000 Dan Verbeck 42114 at http://kcur.org KC Streetcar 2 Is Planned As First Phase Lumbers Along Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options http://kcur.org/post/charter-change-commission-considers-kc-government-options <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Commission that will look for ways to change the foundation of how Kansas City Government operates has met just once and the opening session, Wednesday, heard wide ranging&nbsp; recommendations that spread from finance to setup of Council Districts.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first assurance came from Mayor Sly James who appointed the 13 member commission. He said he would not be looking over their shoulders. If the operating&nbsp; charter needs change, he'll ask for proof when recommendations are written.</span></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:26:13 +0000 Dan Verbeck 38846 at http://kcur.org Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options Including Power Utilities In Command Center Boosted Snowstorm Fight-ability http://kcur.org/post/including-power-utilities-command-center-boosted-snowstorm-fight-ability <p>Some of the first aftermath data from two major and back-to-back winter snow storms is filtering out of Kansas City city&nbsp;hall.&nbsp; Adding two agencies to the Emergency Operations Center was counted as a positive to the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee of the Council.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Those private or quasi-private operations served public transit and distribution of electrical power.</p><p>The Ops nerve center stayed open 24 hours in the storm of February 21, another 30 hours during&nbsp; last week’s heavy, wet snow.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 23:26:32 +0000 Dan Verbeck 33077 at http://kcur.org Including Power Utilities In Command Center Boosted Snowstorm Fight-ability Cash For Liquor Consent Sent Packing In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/cash-liquor-consent-sent-packing-kansas-city <p></p><p>Acting on complaints that the operator of a center-city convenience store was paying residents for permission to get a liquor license, the Kansas City Council has banned the practice. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 00:06:55 +0000 Dan Verbeck 32753 at http://kcur.org Cash For Liquor Consent Sent Packing In Kansas City Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City Council http://kcur.org/post/synthetic-drug-tobacco-enforcement-measure-sails-through-city-council <p>An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores&nbsp; which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:41:42 +0000 Steve Bell 31289 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Questions Community Improvement Districts http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-questions-community-improvement-districts <p>The Kansas City Council has been talking about tightening up on community improvement districts since this summer, but the talk goes on with no decision on what the policy will be.</p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:49:58 +0000 Steve Bell 26191 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Questions Community Improvement Districts Mayor Sly James’ New Tax Proposal For Infrastructure http://kcur.org/post/mayor-sly-james-new-tax-proposal-infrastructure <p>What will it take for Kansas City, Missouri to finally fix its streets and sewer system? Earlier this year, Mayor Sly James announced a bold plan for improving Kansas City's infrastructure that would involve spending $1 billion over the next 10 years.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:08:33 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 18050 at http://kcur.org Mayor Sly James’ New Tax Proposal For Infrastructure Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 4, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-friday-march-4-2012 <p>A new bridge is unveiled on Troost.&nbsp; The Kansas City Council passes truancy ordinance.&nbsp; Two Kansas City notables&mdash;Alvin Brooks and Walt Bodine&mdash;receive an honor from the city council.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a daily digest of news from KCUR.</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:37:42 +0000 Maria Carter 17096 at http://kcur.org City Councilman Jermaine Reed Reflects On First Year http://kcur.org/post/city-councilman-jermaine-reed-reflects-first-year <p>Kansas City&rsquo;s<strong> Third District</strong> faces multiple challenges &mdash; a 14 percent unemployment rate, crime and the highest poverty rate in the city. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:50:12 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 15274 at http://kcur.org City Councilman Jermaine Reed Reflects On First Year Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-mayor-delivers-state-city-address <p>In office for just about a year, Kansas City <strong>Mayor Sly James</strong> delivered <a href="http://www.kcmayor.org/http:/www.kcmayor.org/blog/2012-state-of-the-city-address" target="_blank">his first State of the City address</a> on Monday.</p><p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:03:37 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 14426 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address Human, Civil Rights Forces Decry Occupy Bigotry http://kcur.org/post/human-civil-rights-forces-decry-occupy-bigotry <p>About a dozen members of Occupy Kansas City and representatives of three human rights organizations say they are outraged at a broadside published and online that they call racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 19:24:18 +0000 Dan Verbeck 14137 at http://kcur.org Human, Civil Rights Forces Decry Occupy Bigotry Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-mayor-calls-1-billion-infrastructure <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James presented his vision for next year's city budget and a lot more.</p> <p>James’ proposal went beyond a basic one-year spending plan. He proposed a billion dollar program to rebuild the city's aging streets, sidewalks, sewers and water mains.</p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:18:53 +0000 Steve Bell 12297 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure